Overall NBA standings: Front-office perspective on each conference

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What happens when you combine NBA standings with analytics, the salary cap and the draft?

The standings start to look a whole lot different. For instance, the Celtics' 12-2 start looks even better when you see they're one of the five youngest teams in the league.

Every month, we'll update these more comprehensive standings to show a clearer picture of how teams are built and where they could be headed.

These standings also include additional factors such as age, salary and roster flexibility.

While the traditional standings showcase the teams fighting for a playoff spot, team front offices continue to focus on the broader picture featured below.